Bahrain's Ombudsman office dismisses Amnesty allegations

The office said it has taken steps to put things right where mistakes were made
Bahrain's Ombudsman office dismisses Amnesty allegations
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By Staff writer
Tue 22 Nov 2016 12:37 PM

Bahrain’s Ombudsman Office has dismissed allegations by an Amnesty International report claiming victims, lawyers and human rights defenders saw the office as “nothing more than window-dressing”.

It questioned the accuracy of the report in a statement posted on its website yesterday, reported Gulf Daily News.

It said it had made itself accessible to petitioners and had endorsed a number of human rights’ measures particularly for inmates. These include separate confinement for inmates who are aged 15 to 18, new facilities to ease overcrowding in Jaw Prison and the installation of security cameras in prisons, police stations and other detention centres. All the proposals have been partially implemented.

The Ombudsman, which has been operational for three years, has also played a role in helping inmates restore communication with their families and securing medical care for prisoners. In 2014, it set up office in Jaw Prison to make complaint forms available in several languages and in other prisons, police stations and Interior Ministry facilities.

“Where mistakes have been made on the journey, the Ombudsman has acknowledged this transparently and taken steps to put things right,” said the statement.

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